They had already shared a sweet First Look and had time together, but that didn’t stop the tears from flowing down Mikes cheeks as his son walked his beautiful bride up the aisle for their wedding. It was the perfect moment! Mike and Tanika’s wedding day was full of sweet friends, amazing DIY details, gorgeous red roses, and the cutest kids. Indian Gardens Park near Sedona was such a beautiful setting for their summer wedding. The sun dipped below the cliffs just moments before the ceremony started, dropping the temperatures and giving the most beautiful light as Tanika walked up the aisle to her sweetheart.
Listening to the stories everyone told all day about Mike and Tanika was incredibly heartwarming. They have had such a huge impact on so many lives, and you could see and feel the admiration their friends and family have for them.
The day started at Oak Creek Terrace Resort in the cutest little cabins and courtyard. We arrived to find Tanika and all her girls in their cute robes and with hair and makeup underway. They were all so excited! Even Lily, Tanika’s sweet pup, was prancing around happily!
While Tanika and her girls prepped in one cabin, Mike and his guys got ready in another cabin. These guys were a hoot all day. One got his tie tail too long and couldn’t get it tied like he wanted, so he pulled out his pocket knife and hacked off the end. Everyone was dying!
Finding somewhere on the creek that wasn’t full of people for the First Look took some creative angles, but it was so worth it to be able to get these two alone for their moment together. As soon as they saw each other and walked together you could see the nerves melt. They were so sweet!
The sycamore trees on the creek made for such a beautiful backdrop for their portraits, and kept the Arizona summer sun from getting unbearable. With the sound of the creek and the rustling leaves, it was such a fun setting for their wedding day portraits!
Mike and Tanika had been hard at work for months preparing all the details and DIY touches for the wedding. Everything had their personal touch from the signs to the tablescape, to the handmade bar that Mike and his brothers made for the venue.
The ceremony was incredibly heartfelt and beautiful. Some couples worry that a First Look will take away from the emotions at the ceremony, but instead it so often does the opposite. Mike and Tanika, and many others, were wiping away happy tears as the processional began.
Mike and Tanika, thank you so much for inviting us into your day and your lives! It was such a privilege to get to be there with you all day, and to have been able to get to know you this past year. I will never forget that first day meeting in the salon, or the amazing lunch date where I got to meet the two of you together for the first time. You have left so many handprints on so many hearts; your wedding was such a sweet celebration of the amazing couple you two make, and the beautiful family you have.
Vendors and Creative Team:
Venue: Indian Gardens Park
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Apparel: Nicks
Wedding Planner: Gettin’ Hitched
Hair and Make Up: Nikiaia Wentzlof
Officiant: David Trimble
Florist: Foster-Wright Floral Design
DJ: DJ E3ZEE (Elijah Smith)
Cake Artist: Katrin Biemann
Caterer: Rub Your Meat BBQ
And a HUGE thank you to my second shooters Tina Kraemer and Cameron Mower!!